Jay Beeler

We are back on track this year for the 20th annual Best of Long Beach contest. Some of the venues and attractions may offer delayed complimentary tickets, but overall the rewards are there for readers participating in our two contests.

See page 4 for a new ballot for service-related businesses in this and our Feb. 26 editions. The deadline to return your ballot is Feb. 28. Winners will be announced in our April 9 edition.

Our July editions will contain ballots for product-oriented and entertainment businesses. Winners will be announced on Sept. 10.

Our contests would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors, listed below, who supply us with gift certificates and gift cards valued at $25 or more. Please keep them in mind as you complete your ballot:

Aquarium of the Pacific • Belmont Athletic Club • Belmont Pet & LaunderPet • Buonos Pizza • Harbor Breeze Yacht Charters and Cruises • Home Instead Senior Care • J&L Fine Jewelry • Laser Skin Care Center • LBCC Senior Studies • Long Beach Playhouse • Long Beach State Athletics • Los Altos Dental • McDonald’s (Michael Mangione) • Shoreline Village • TLD Law, (Jennifer N. Sawday) • Wags to Whiskers


Our current online poll asks the question “Should LB City Council members be allowed to force grocery stores into $4/hour “hero pay”? Thus far 89% have said “no,” 7% have said “yes” and 4% are undecided.

Go to to add your vote at the bottom of the front page. Email comments to

This “hero pay” activity is yet another example of why nobody should be elected to a public office who has never signed the front side of a paycheck. The clowns at City Hall have once again demonstrated how to chase employers and jobs out of our city.


Humor time, thanks to a reader commenting on the impeachment activities in our nation’s capital.

The sport of choice for the urban poor is BASKETBALL.

The sport of choice for maintenance level employees is BOWLING.

The sport of choice for front-line workers is FOOTBALL.

The sport of choice for supervisors is BASEBALL.

The sport of choice for middle management is TENNIS.

The sport of choice for corporate executives and officers is GOLF.

The amazing fact is, the higher you go in the corporate structure, the smaller your balls become.

There must be a load of people in Washington D.C. playing with marbles!


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